Edible cutlery, “poop posts” in Japan, blood test for mental conditions
Today in Squirrel News we have stories about an Indian startup using edible materials as an alternative to plastic cutlery, a local Japanese business owner who creates pet waste stations to drive change in her city, and a new diagnostic blood test which delivers faster and more reliable mental health results.
Indian startup creates cutlery you can eat to prevent plastic waste
A sustainable alternative to plastic cutlery has been developed by startup Attaware, using edible materials to create the food utensils instead.
The Better India
Aomori resident implements “poop posts” in project for more pet-friendly society
The owner of a local dog-grooming salon in the northeastern Japanese city of Hirosaki has begun installing pet waste posts around the city to drive social change.
New blood test could offer faster, more reliable diagnosis of mental health issues
A recently developed tool for testing biological markers in the blood linked with mental health conditions, like depression, demonstrates positive results, and could lead to a reduction in diagnostic inaccuracy.
French law against archaic LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy’ passed
The French National Assembly unanimously agreed to pass a legislation that outlaws “barbaric” conversion therapy in the country.
African fintechs sweep over half of foreign venture funding to continent
A continent that usually sees venture funding focussed in extraction technologies, like mining, has experienced a “rush” of investment into the riskier fintechs.
Activists in South Africa pave the way to a better society for domestic workers
For years domestic workers in South Africa have been fighting for change to make life fairer for them, transforming the state of the country’s labour system along the way.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Burrowing Owls re-homed using fake Owl sounds
A group of researchers at a wildlife alliance in San Diego Zoo have successfully re-homed Burrowing Owls using fake impressions of other owls.
Returning to school at 98, Kenyan woman hopes to inspire younger generations
Not your typical primary school student, Priscilla Sitienei pursues education in Kenya’s Rift Valley alongside classmates that are decades younger.
Polar bears take up residence in abandoned Soviet weather station
A celebration of polar bears was stumbled across by a wildlife photographer in Russia, and they were using an abandoned weather station as shelter.